Volkswagen’s rigging of its pollution tests is an assault on our lungs, our hearts and our brains. It is a classic example of externalisation: the dumping of costs that businesses should carry onto other people.
It is the users of the cars who should be carrying the costs, not the businesses. It is me washing my clothes which uses electricity, not NPower making it. It is me driving to the shops that produces emissions, not VW who made the car.
The air that should have been filtered by its engines is filtered by our lungs instead. We have become the scrubbing devices it failed to install.
You don’t scrub NOX. You don’t produce it in the first place by having a less efficient burn in the engine. Using, therefore, more fuel. That is the cost that is not being bourne and it’s the people driving the cars that would carry it, not VW.
The only concrete plan the government has produced so far is to intensify the problem, through a new programme of airport expansion. This only means more nitrous oxides, more particulates, more greenhouse gas emissions.
Jet engine NOX and particularate emissions are very low. Meaning that replacing car journeys with plane journeys lowers them overall…..